The 10 Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in Louisiana!

New restaurants are great, but there’s something special about a place that’s been seasoned with time and experience. The mom and pop restaurants of Louisiana will give you that nostalgic feeling. From po’boys to pork chops, enjoy delicious grub at the best mom and pop restaurants in Louisiana.

Olde Tyme Grocery, Lafayette, LA

When Olde Tyme Grocery in Lafayette, Louisiana opened its doors in 1982 under new management, the goal of the new owner was to do what he did best—make the best New Orleans-style po’boy sandwiches around. Today, Olde Tyme Grocery still has the same goal and has become a stopping place for locals and out-of-town visitors, bringing delicious deli meats like ham, roast beef, barbecue, pastrami, corned beef, turkey, sausage, and meatball to the general public. And if you want a superb version of a po’boy, try one with shrimp, oysters, crawfish, catfish, or a specialty version with two meats and cheese. Catering is available with trays, bag lunches, and lunch and dinner plates. Dine inside, outside, or take home a Louisiana favorite.

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Villager’s Café, Maurice, LA

It takes a village to make a great po’boy —Villager’s Café, that is. Located in Maurice, Louisiana, you’ll enter a scene from yesteryear when you enter this surprising little diner, voted one of the best mom & pop restaurants in the state with food so good, it’s to die for. The inside might reflect an older theme, but the food is fresh and tasty, starting with the stars of the place, po’boys 14 different ways! Each of the delicious sandwiches comes on French bread, and the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to try first. You can even order party trays, and place your order ahead of time to pick up at the drive-in window every day of the week.

Lil G’s Kajun Restaurant, Belle Chasse, LA

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Lil G’s Kajun Restaurant in Belle Chasse, Louisiana is serving up simple, home-cooked meals that make people come back for more. That’s a very telling statement, but you can count on daily specials and a menu that includes stuffed crab sandwiches, crispy fried crawfish, beans, rich, and sausage, and some of the best sides to go with your selection like sweet potato fries, Cajun potato salad, or sautéed zucchini and squash. Open every day.

Poche’s, Breaux Bridge, LA

Family-owned Poche’s has earned the reputation of being the place to get authentic Cajun sausage and other specialty meats for nearly 60 years. This Baton Rouge market, restaurant, and smokehouse offers daily specials like your choice of smothered, barbecue, fried, or marinated meats, étouffée, stew with your favorite side. After you enjoy your meal, chose from the extensive list of specialty meats to take home. You can even order online and have your food delivered to your door.

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Myran’s Maison De Manger, Arnaudville, LA

If you’re looking for a place that has authentic Cajun cuisine, stop by Myran’s Maison De Manger the next time you’re in Arnaudville, Louisiana. People on social media rave about the corn and crab chowder at this family-owned diner that’s been satisfying hungry diners since 1979. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, Myran’s has great po-boys and shrimp, and between November and May, you can get a hefty four-pound portion of in-season crawfish, corn, potatoes, and Myran’s special dipping sauce. Better call ahead, though or you might miss out.

Mother’s Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

Located in the same three-story brick building it’s occupied since opening in 1938, Mother’s Restaurant has been a haven over the years and known as a great place to eat. With a passion to fill the bellies of hungry workers and a special affinity toward military members, Mother’s met a special need after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After having to close during the storm and resulting clean up like all the businesses in that area of New Orleans, Mother’s opened as quickly as possible to serve up the same great and familiar food as people returned to the city. Today, Mother’s offers gluten free and vegetarian choices with the same great traditional Cajun food it always has.

Eddie’s Seafood & Soulfood Restaurant, Shreveport, LA

Listed as the oldest African-American restaurant in operation in the northwestern part of the state, Eddie’s Seafood & Soulfood Restaurant offers a unique combination of great soul food with a heavy Cajun influence. Perfect for any type of dining experience be it a night out with your sweetheart, a family dinner, or a group celebration, a visit to Eddie’s isn’t complete without sampling the famous stuffed shrimp and tartar sauce. Featured in Southern Living Magazine and recognized as one of Louisiana’s best places to get shrimp, this Shreveport diner has also appeared on The Food Network.

Cat Daddy’s Old School Café, Shreveport, LA

You’ll have a great time enjoying that old time taste of the South at Cat Daddy’s Old School Café in Shreveport, Louisiana. This no-nonsense-just-great-food eatery is perfect for those who love fresh greens, candied sweet potatoes, smothered pork chops, and other made-from-scratch menu items like okra and tomatoes, fried catfish, and wings, and the sound of the Blues. Open every day but Sunday.

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Latin Food Restaurant & Cafeteria, West Monroe, LA

This surprising little diner featuring Honduran and Latin food has the look and feel of a quaint mom and pop diner with cozy booth-style seating. Located in West Monroe, Louisiana, you won’t be disappointed by the large portions and reasonable prices. Open from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you have to try the Honduras Tropical when you stop by for breakfast that includes two eggs, fried beans, sweet plantains, cheese, avocado, two corn tortillas, and coffee. For lunch, sample the Pork Chops Ceibeno is a must—a fried plantain with salad, gravy, and striped cheese.

T-Coon’s, Lafayette, LA

For a true Zydeco food experience, you have to stop by T-Coon’s in Lafayette, Louisiana. Not only will you have a chance to try the original Cajun coffee, Mello Joy, you can start your day with one of the delicious omelets or breakfast plates on the menu, and lunch items feature daily specials like smothered rabbit or beef short ribs, and Friday has several seafood specialties like Catfish Courtboullion made with catfish bellies with shrimp, and crawfish with a tomato, onion, celery, and lemon flavors, then served on rice.

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